The Brave New World: A History of Early America

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JHU Press, Dec 14, 2006 - History - 533 pages
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The Brave New World covers the span of early American history, from 30,000 years before Europeans ever landed on North American shores to creation of the new nation. With its exploration of the places and peoples of early America, this comprehensive, lively narrative brings together the most recent scholarship on the colonial and revolutionary eras, Native Americans, slavery, politics, war, and the daily lives of ordinary people. The revised, enlarged edition includes a new chapter carrying the story through the American Revolution, the War for Independence, and the creation of the Confederation. Additional material on the frontier, the Southwest and the Caribbean, the slave trade, religion, science and technology, and ecology broadens the text, and maps drawn especially for this edition will enable readers to follow the story more closely. The bibliographical essay, one of the most admired features of the first edition, has been expanded and brought up to date.

Peter Charles Hoffer combines the Atlantic Rim scholarship with a Continental perspective, illuminating early America from all angles—from its first settlers to the Spanish Century, from African slavery to the Salem witchcraft cases, from prayer and drinking practices to the development of complex economies, from the colonies' fight for freedom to an infant nation's struggle for political and economic legitimacy. Wide-ranging in scope, inclusive in content, the revised edition of The Brave New World continues to provide professors, students, and historians with an engaging and accessible history of early North America.

  

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Contents

Chapter One The First Americans
13
Chapter Two Europe in the Age of Discovery 14001500
41
Chapter Three The Spanish Century 14921588
67
England and France in America
95
Chapter Five The Planter Colonies 12 3
157
Chapter Seven The Middle Colonies
189
Chapter Eight The Critical Years 16751700
219
FROM PROVINCES OF EMPIRE TO A NEW NATION
251
Chapter Eleven Common Pastimes and Elite Pursuits
331
Chapter Twelve Mercantilism and Markets
364
Chapter Thirteen The Last War and the Lost Peace 17541763
395
Chapter Fourteen A Nation in the Womb of Time 17641775
423
Chapter Fifteen Independence War and Republicanism 17761783
456
The Way Ahead
481
Index
519
Copyright

Chapter Ten Provincial People and Places in the Eighteenth Century
294

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About the author (2006)

Peter Charles Hoffer, Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Georgia, has published many books, including Sensory Worlds in Early America, Law and People in Colonial America, and The Devil's Disciples: The Makers of the Salem Witchcraft Trials, all three published by Johns Hopkins.

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